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USPTO 2011 Trademark Expo

Is anybody going to the National Trademark Expo in Virginia next month? Over 10,000 visitors attended last months event, taking two days to marvel in the value of trademarks in the global marketplace.

This year, there will be a focus on unusual trademarks and brand evolution, along with authentic vs. counterfeit goods, the history of trademarks, and 100 year-old registered trademarks.

Starting on October 14th, the public will have free access to educational workshops, adult lecture series, story time and crafts for the kids, and a guided tour of exhibits (not to mention the number of costumed characters roaming around).

The USPTO campus will be an educational theme park where Barbie, Popeye, even Curious George will be checking out the action as families and professionals alike flood Dulany Street. Its also an important day in stressing the role trademarks play in our society, and it gives the USPTO a chance to highlight new advances in electronic filing and processing of applications.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame has selected a variety of exhibitors to showcase their different trademarks that will help engage and educate the public. The list for 2011 is posted on the USPTO website.

The Expo will run from 10 a.m. October 14th to October 15th at 4 p.m.